Judge Denies Tsarnaev Motion to Suppress Evidence

Judge also denies defense motions to suppress evidence and physical and digital searches

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A federal judge won't throw out evidence found in Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's dorm room, laptop and family apartment in the case against him.

Judge George O'Toole Jr. rejected defense lawyers' two bids to suppress evidence on Friday, as well as another request to have the indictment against Tsarnaev tossed.

Lawyers for Tsarnaev had asked the judge to toss the evidence collected from his UMass-Dartmouth dorm room, his brother Tamerlan's Cambridge apartment and the brothers' Yahoo email accounts, saying that the search warrants weren't specific enough and that some items were improperly seized.

The defense had also hoped to delay the trial, which is scheduled to start Jan. 5.

Tsarnaev and his brother Tamerlan, who died in a shootout with police after the attacks, are accused of carrying out the April 2013 bombings that killed three people and injured about 260 more when they exploded at the Boston Marathon finish line. An MIT officer was later fatally shot sitting in his cruiser. 

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him.

Meanwhile, closing arguments are scheduled for Tuesday in the trial of one of Tsarnaev's friends. Robel Phillipos is accused of obstruction of justice. 

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